Definition for PAN'DECT

PAN'DECT, n. [L. pandectæ, from Gr. πανδεκτης; παν, all, and δεχομαι, to contain, to take.]

  1. A treatise which contains the whole of any science. – Swift.
  2. Pandects, in the plural, the digest or collection of civil or Roman law, made by order of the emperor Justinian, and containing 531 decisions or judgments of lawyers, to which the emperor gave the force and authority of law. This compilation consists of fifty books, forming the first part of the civil law.

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